Media Roundup: Prop 8 Stay Could Be Lifted Next Week

Judge Vaughn Walker's decision to lift the stay on marriage for gay and lesbian couples, but not until next week, has brought with it an abundance of media editorials, firsthand reports, and legal analyses. The New York Times explains the decision, and has a collection of statements from some key players. The Los Angeles Times ran a series of editorials about Judge Walker's most recent decision, as well as some fallout from his last one, which ruled that Proposition 8 violates the US Constitution. The Times editorial board applauds Judge Vaughn Walker's decision not to extend the stay on his ruling that found Proposition 8 to be unconstitutional, and called his decision to let gay and lesbian couples get married next week (rather than immediately) "prudent." Also in the Times, Tim Wildmon from the anti-gay American Family Association criticizes Judge Vaughn Walker and says Walker "should have recused himself [from the federal Proposition 8 trial], but he had a legal and political statement he wanted to make." And Jon Davidson from Lambda Legal blasts opponents of marriage equality for doing exactly what Wildmon just did. The San Francisco Chronicle called Walker's decision "the right one." The Chronicle also reports on the emotional roller coaster prompted by the ruling, and the way marriage equality supporters got word of it. Couples had been lined up for hours at San Francisco City Hall, hoping that Walker would lift the stay immediately, and that they could get married. The Bakersfield Californian reports on local reaction to the ruling, and the "mixed emotions" brought about by the delay, among couples who had hoped to marry yesterday. The LA Times has a similar story from Beverly Hills. Journalist Karen Ocamb gives OutQ News a firsthand account of what people were feeling at a rally in West Hollywood, and got some words of encouragement from one of the plaintiffs in the case. And although she'll now have to wait at least another week, the daughter of San Diego's Mayor says she'll be one of the first to marry once the stay is lifted. Meanwhile, some legal anaylists say next Wednesday, when the stay is officially lifted, could be the last stop for this landmark case. There is much speculation as to whether the opponents of marriage equality who argued the Perry vs. Schwarzenegger case before the judge will even be allowed to appeal his decision, since they are not the defendants. The State of California is named as the defendant, and Governor Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Brown say they do not want to appeal the ruling. According to Lisa Leff from AP, even Judge Walker "doubts the ban's backers have the right to challenge his ruling." We'll keep watching.